Thursday, 17 July 2014
Schools of the future nearing current reality
Two superb new school developments are a step closer to reality after South Ayrshire Council agreed plans for the development of a new Ayr Academy and a comprehensive refurbishment of Marr College in Troon.
[Pictured: South Ayrshire Councillor Margaret Toner commented: "The new developments at Ayr Academy and Marr College mark a truly exciting moment for both schools."]
The proposal to build a state-of the art Ayr Academy learning campus next door to the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) was agreed earlier this year and negotiations with UWS for the site to be finalised are well advanced.
Central to the new arrangement will be the opportunity to develop close educational links with UWS and Ayrshire College, particularly for senior Ayr Academy pupils, offering them exceptional opportunities to benefit from a wider range of subjects and experiences through the Curriculum for Excellence.
In addition, the new campus will involve the wider community with a range of sporting and social facilities being made available for public use.
The Council will now enter into a long-term contract to agree terms for the maintenance and management of the new school.
Proposed designs for the renovation and modernisation of Marr College will also see the 1975 extension demolished and the removal of all remote classrooms. Refurbishments will also be carried out on the entrance and boundary security.
Agreements on how to deliver the modernisation programme and manage the school are well advanced and works are likely to begin in May 2015, to finish in March 2018, subject to funding conditions required by the Scottish Government being met.
Addressing the lack of sports facilities, the Council has also agreed the development of all-weather pitches for football/rugby, with an additional £300,000 being secured from the Sport Scotland for the provision of a further pitch.
Deciding where the pitches should be located was agreed after significant public consultation, particularly with the community and local community sports hub and a planning application has now been submitted, with work to begin in late 2014.
Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said: “The new developments at Ayr Academy and Marr College mark a truly exciting moment for both schools.
“Once we have finalised the management and contractual details for both developments, work can begin to deliver two stunning and dynamic learning environments, offering first class facilities and outstanding opportunities for our pupils to succeed now and well into the future.”
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